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Cows on the Annuals

It’s been a rather busy and momentous month, so i’m way behind on reporting on the annuals for grazing and pasture improvement project.  Here are photos of growth at 60 days.  Turned the cows in on August 1, 2017.  Yah willing, my final report will be coming soon.  It will take some number crunching and analysis, so will be several days, but i’m ready to put paid to this project.

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Comparison of untilled along fence with worked and planted soil.

 

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This is the most ground cover this paddock has ever produced in my lifetime!

 

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Nice crop of yellow foxtail – cattle ate it literally to the ground.  They loved it!

 

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This is volunteer yellow foxtail as identified by our county extension agent.  Despite being a ‘weed’, this forage is exceptionally palatable with excellent nutritional value. 
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In some places, my soil is so poor, that this is all that has grown for 60 days.  We’ve had excellent rainfall amounts.

 

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Sunflowers, buckwheat, and quite a mix, but very short for 60 days of growth.  However, where this is growing, there doesn’t seem to be any ironweed growing.  Another plus.

 

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Weak soil readily visible in this photo.  How can soil be so abused?!  Was it always like this?  or did this happen because of decades of row cropping back in the mid 1900’s?

 

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Where there is no tillage, Kansas (lanceleaf) ragweed is making its annual appearance.  In the background, one can see the skips in seeding.  This is due to the pneumatic seeder getting plugged far too often.

 

 

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Cows and calves grazing annuals.  in the middle of the photo, one can see where i didn’t till because of a small ditch.  I was concerned about erosion, but that wasn’t an issue this year.  Wishing i had tilled right on through them. Live and learn.